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Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative, award-winning visual and performing arts programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. A diverse range of site-specific artworks are integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the visual quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place. From photography installations to onboard posters, art tours and live performances, our multi-faceted arts programs add vibrancy and engage communities throughout Los Angeles.

Go Metro to experience art and cultural programs.

Featured News

Through The Eyes of Artists Poster Series Highlights Five Artists and Communites

Metro Art's neighborhood transit poster series features Downtown Burbank, El Sereno, Marina del Rey, San Gabriel and Wilmington. READ MORE-->

Artist Barbara Kruger's "Untitled (Questions)" in Union Station Passageway Art Gallery

Untitled (Questions) features large-scale queries, alternating between English and Spanish, created by artist Barbara Kruger. READ MORE-->

Portrait Series by Metro Art Celebrates Neighborhoods Along the A Line (Blue)

Metro Art is pleased to announce the inaugural portrait series More People Than You Know that debuts at A Line (Blue) stations as part of the New Blue Improvements Project. The portraits feature people from the many neighborhoods along the A Line (Blue), which runs for 22 miles between downtown Los Angeles and downtown Long Beach. READ MORE-->

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A diverse range of site-specific artworks are integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place.

Major projects that are currently underway are noted below:

Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project will extend from the existing Metro C Line (Green) and will travel just over eight miles to the Metro E Line (Expo) and will serve the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood and El Segundo; and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County. Fourteen artists were commissioned to create permanent, public artworks at the eight stations: Ingrid Calame, Eileen Cowin, Kenturah Davis, Dean Erdmann, Sherin Guirguis, Carlson Hatton, Mara Lonner, Rebeca Méndez, Geoff McFetridge, Erwin Redl, Kim Schoenstadt, Jaime Scholnick, Shinique Smith and Mickalene Thomas. Read more about the art program for the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project --->

Metro Center Project

Metro is designing and building the new Metro Center Project , a facility on Metro-owned property in the DTLA Arts District. Artist Jacob Hashimoto was selected to develop a site-specific, integrated artwork for the public-facing exterior of this facility. Read more about the artwork for the Metro Center Project -->

Regional Connector Transit Project

The Metro Regional Connector Transit Project extends from the Metro L Line (Gold) Little Tokyo/Arts District Station to the 7th Street/Metro Center Station in downtown Los Angeles, allowing passengers to bypass Union Station to transfer to the A, E, B and D Lines (Blue, Expo, Red and Purple). The nearly two mile alignment has three new stations associated with it, for which seven artists were commissioned to create permanent, public artworks: Andrea Bowers, Audrey Chan, Mark Steven Greenfield, Pearl Hsiung, Clare Rojas, Mungo Thomson, and Clarence Williams. Read more about the art program for Metro Regional Connector Transit Project -->

Purple Line Extension Transit Project

Metro's Purple Line Extension is a three-part rail project that will begin at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, extending westward for about 9 miles with seven new stations. The first section will extend to the intersection of Wilshire and La Cienega Boulevards and incorporate artworks into three new stations: Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax, and Wilshire/La Cienega. The commissioned artists for Section 1 are Ken Gonzalez-Day, Todd Gray, Karl Haendel, Soo Kim, Eamon Ore-Giron, Fran Siegel, Susan Silton, and Mark Dean Veca. Read more about the art program for the Metro Purple Line Extension Transit Project-->

Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project

Metro's Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project will provide significant upgrades to the fourth busiest station serving the Metro A line (Blue) and Metro C line (Green), as well as Metro buses. Artist team Jamex and Einar de la Torre and artist George Evans were selected by a community-based panel to create new site-specific artworks for the station. Read more about the art program for the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement Project -->

Airport Metro Connector

Metro's Airport Metro Connector (AMC) is a major new multimodal transit hub that will provide a gateway connection between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Metro’s regional transit system. The AMC will connect to the new Crenshaw/LAX Line (currently under construction) near Aviation Blvd/96th Street and is being designed in sync with an Automated People Mover (APM) to be built and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Commissioned artist Glenn Kaino will be working in design collaboration with the esteemed architecture team of Grimshaw / Gruen Associates. Read more about the art work for the Airport Metro Connector --->

Patsaouras Plaza Busway Project

Metro’s Patsaouras Plaza Busway Station will be on the south side of Patsaouras Plaza at Union Station and will serve the Metro J Line (Silver) and other transit buses operating on the El Monte Busway Line. Commissioned artist Ned Kahn designed a system of integrated metal panels along the pedestrian bridge leading to the new station . Read more about the artwork for the Metro Patsaouras Plaza Busway Project --->

Explore Metro Art, Explore LA!

UPDATE: As of March 13, out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing our Saturday 3/14 art tour en Español of Downtown stations. We value our artists, audiences, staff and volunteer docents tremendously and do not want to put anyone’s health at risk. In addition, Metro Art is also postponing all art toursand public events tours . We look forward to exploring art with you again soon. Artworks in stations and other transit facilities remain on view.

Metro Art Moves is a free series of regularly scheduled and special tours of artwork in the Metro Rail system.  Tours are led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers and provide insights into the artworks, artists and art-making processes.  Special tours heighten the passenger experience in novel and engaging ways through the perspective, experience and knowledge of artists and cultural experts.

Attend a free art tour

1. Hollywood/North Hollywood


1st Saturday, 10am-noon

Meet at North Hollywood Station at street level entrance

2. Downtown


1st Sunday, 10am-noon

Meet at Information Booth at Union Station entrance

3. Downtown
(¡en español!)


Segundo sábado, 10:30am-12:30pm

Los tours se reúnen en la caseta de información dentro de la entrada de la calle Alameda del histórico Union Station.

4. Union Station
Art + Architecture


2nd Sunday, 10:30am-12:30pm

Meet at Information Booth at Union Station entrance

5. Gold Line
(betw Union Station + Azusa)


This tour will be offered quarterly: 1/25, 4/25, 7/25, 10/24

Meet at Del Mar Station

6. Expo Line


This tour will be offered quarterly: 1/26, 4/26, 7/26, 10/25

Meet at La Cienega/Jefferson Station

* Reservations are not required but appreciated as it will help the Docents know what numbers to anticipate.


  • Metro Art tours take about 2 hours and are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.
  • The Docents distribute TAP cards that are pre-loaded with an all-day pass allowing tour participants to ride the Metro Rail & Bus system for free (except for the Union Station Art + Architecture tours). Attendees may keep the TAP cards and reload them for future use.
  • Docents use voice amplifiers and wear bright orange safety vests for easy identification.
  • There are no public restrooms available in the stations but there are restrooms available to the public at Union Station and the Hollywood/Highland shopping complex as well as various businesses along the routes.
  • Groups of 10+ people can make special reservations with a minimum of three weeks advance notice. Make a group reservation online here

"I went on a tour of Union Station during the 75th Anniversary celebration and immediately asked how I could do this!  I had a great tour guide, and the tour felt like a mix of a bunch of things I loved - public transit, art, LA history.  It's really helped me to learn more about those subjects over time and I have a new appreciation for public art in particular." -- Metro Art Docent

Become a Docent at Metro Art

The Metro Art Docent Council is a dedicated group of volunteers committed to increasing awareness of the broad range of public art in the Metro Rail system through tours that provide insights into the communities they enhance, the art, the artists and their processes.

"I chose to be a docent because I love art and I love subways.  I think what I love most about it is the chance to explore the city via the trains.  As a docent, I've explored so many parts of the city that I would have never seen if I had not been one." -- Metro Art Docent

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Metro Art Docent, we invite you to review the following information:

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Barbara Lashenick
Senior Community Relations Officer
Founder Metro Art Docent Council

Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative arts and cultural programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. Music, dance, poetry, film and meet-the-artist events at historic Union Station raise its profile as a cultural destination and create incentives to “Go Metro”.

Upcoming Events

Out of an abundance of caution, and in alignment with Safer-At-Home orders, Metro Art ceased all public events and tours in March 2020 and moved some events to online formats. To receive the latest information and updates about Metro Art’s projects and programming during the COVID-19 pandemic, please sign up for our Metro Art email list.

Visual artworks in public settings—including at stations and other transit facilities as well as on posters and digital screens—remain on view to transit customers traveling for essential reasons.

Events Archive

Please see below for links to an archive of events and happenings which preceded March 15 provided via The Source.

Metro Art is one of the largest public art agencies in the country. We provide essential information about our program through art guides and publications, ensuring riders can learn about the vibrant artworks they encounter during their journeys across Los Angeles County.


All publications are available to the public in digital and print versions (while supplies last). If you would like to receive printed materials, please call 213.922.4ART.

Through the Eyes of Artists

Metro Art’s award-winning poster series commissions local artists to create original artworks that offer their personal perspectives on neighborhoods and places throughout Los Angeles County. Initiated in 2002, over 40 artworks have been featured on posters displayed in Metro buses and trains. This 186-page catalogue features the first 15 years of the series, with images and statements by each artist. This shorter booklet provides a summary of the program.

Forward Motion

Forward Motion is a photographic exhibition displayed on the walls of Union Station’s passageway gallery in 2019. Artist Michelle Asselin created luminous portraits of women who are part of Metro’s Women and Girls Governing Council, which is tasked with achieving a gender-balanced workforce, career advancement for women, and improving safety and mobility for women riders. An accompanying booklet presents each stunning portrait and statements by the featured women.

Art Guides

Art Program Overview (2018)

Art Guide (as of 2011)

Orange Line (N. Hollywood to Woodland Hills)

Orange Line (Woodland Hills to Chatsworth)

Gold Line (DTLA to East LA)

Gold Line (Arcadia to Azusa)

Expo Line (DTLA to Culver City)

Expo Line (Culver City to Santa Monica)

Metro Art Newsletter

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Artist and Musician Resources for COVID-19

Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture has compiled an ongoing list of COVID-19 resources that may be of assistance to visual and performing artists during COVID-19. Concurrently, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs is offering an updated wide-ranging directory of arts resources including education for kids and teens, virtual art experiences, agency resources and more. Metro Art also includes a regularly updated list of resources for artist and musician support in our email newsletter.

LA County Department of Arts and Culture: Arts and Culture Digital Resource Center

City of Los Angeles Arts Resources During COVID-19

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